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Implanting Democracy in Venezuela

A Venezuelan politician has seemingly gotten to the heart, or at least the chest, of what elections are all about – attracting attention. Gustavo Rojas, a candidate for the country’s National Assembly, is holding a campaign-fundraising raffle in which the lucky winner will receive a free … breast augmentation.

Breast enhancement is popular in image-conscious Venezuela, so much so that a fad in recent years has been to give girls implants as their coming-of-age 15th birthday gift. –JCL

The BBC:

A Venezuela politician has launched a raffle to help fund his election campaign — and the lucky winner will receive a breast-enlargement operation.

Gustavo Rojas hopes the unusual raffle, with tickets at $6 (£3.90), will help him get elected to the National Assembly on 26 September.

“Some people raffle TVs and we decided to offer this. It’s an interesting prize,” he told Reuters news agency.

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